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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

EatingWell Wednesday: Superfoods &

Today my first article was published on This is a great website designed as a 'Fitness Hangout for Moms'. I am proud to be a contributor and for my first article, I focused on how our family eats clean and shared some great snacking strategies. One of the strategies I list is to eat seasonally. EatingWell has a series on their website about eating well in season so I thought I would share that article below.

This article is titled 'A simple way to load up on nature’s superfoods' courtesy of EatingWell Magazine. Be sure to follow the link as well as they offer many recipe ideas for each food mentioned below.

In the last couple of decades, scientists have discovered more reasons (beyond vitamins and fiber) to pack your diet with fruits and vegetables: phytochemicals. All plants contain these compounds, which protect them from a variety of dangers—from harmful UV rays to predatory pests. We take in phytochemicals when we eat fruits and vegetables and, as it turns out, they protect us too. Some act as antioxidants, mopping up unstable “free radical” molecules that can damage cells and lead to the development of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other health issues. Others work by boosting the immune system.

red foods such as tomatoes and watermelon, contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help protect against prostate and breast cancers.
Pink grapefruit
Red peppers

Alpha and beta carotene make foods like carrots and sweet potatoes so brilliantly orange. The body converts these compounds into the active form of vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes, bones and immune system healthy. These phytochemicals also operate as antioxidants, sweeping up disease-promoting free radicals.
Sweet potatoes
Winter squash

Yellow & Green, part 1 (leafy greens)
Many yellow and green vegetables are good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals that accumulate in the eyes and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in older people. Leafy greens are also rich in beta carotene.
Summer squash
Wax beans
Mustard greens
Turnip greens
Green, part 2 (cruciferous)
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, provide compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates, which may help prevent cancer by amping up the production of enzymes that clear toxins from the body.
Brussels sprouts
Green cabbage

Blue & Purple/Deep RedBlue
purple and deep-red fruits and vegetables are full of anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, antioxidants associated with keeping the heart healthy and the brain functioning optimally.
Radishes (red)

What’s fascinating is that nature seems to have a way of highlighting these beneficial nutrients by giving them bright colors that allow you to spot them at a glance. For example, anthocyanins make blueberries blue and may help to keep your mind sharp. Tomatoes get their ruby hue from lycopene, a phytochemical that may help to prevent prostate cancer. To get the maximum disease-fighting power that phytochemicals can provide, choose foods that represent all colors of the rainbow. The USDA suggests paying particular attention to orange (2 cups per week) and dark green (3 cups per week) produce, both good sources of vitamin A and other important nutrients. Use our vibrant color wheel to inspire you.


Barbara Bakes said...

Okay I definitely need to start eating better!e

Chow and Chatter said...

congrats on your first article, Rebecca

Sippity Sup said...

I just stopped in to say "Hi". I am not a mom and feel a little like an intruder. But I did sneak a peek at your "for moms only article" don't tell anyone but I thought it was great! GREG

Katherine Aucoin said...

Congratulations on being published!

girlichef said...

Wow, this is so cool! Good for you :D

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Congratulations on your article being published!

Spinachtiger said...

I love this article and need to find a reason to link it. Isn't there a reason fruits/vegetables are colorful, beautiful, so that we would eat them. Don't they taste better than prescription drugs? Keep up the good work.

foodcreate said...

Congrats! Great article"

Thanks for sharing!

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